Nashville Predators’ Biggest Transaction in History Is a No-Win Situation?

July 24th, 2012 by Eric Steitz Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators dished out its largest contract in franchise history Tuesday by matching the Philadelphia Flyers offer sheet for Shea Weber. 

Weber, the Preds' captain and top defenseman, will be in Tennessee for the next 14 years and earn $110 million.

These are two of the most pressing questions for the Predators' front office throughout this nearly week-long debate.


1) Was Weber the individual that this franchise wanted to lead our team, a team that would compete for the Stanley Cup every year, for the next 14 years? 

The Predators believe the answer to those questions is yes, but I'm not entirely convinced on that one.

Nashville's two best players are Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne (under contract until 2019). They have nearly $17 million in salary cap space, according to

The Preds have just six defensemen on the roster and as most NHL teams can tell you, defensive depth is crucial to a successful season. Right, Tampa Bay?

Without Ryan Suter to play the point with Weber, the Nashville defense may struggle a bit. That's OK, the offense will ta ...

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